GENERAL APPEARANCE : Balanced
combination of muscular power and strength with elegance and
grace of outline. Built for speed and work. All forms of exaggeration
should be avoided.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : An ideal companion. Highly adaptable
in domestic and sporting surroundings. Gentle, affectionate,
HEAD : CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Long and lean, flat on top,
tapering to muzzle, rather wide between the eyes. Stop : Slight.
FACIAL REGION : Nose : Black, in blues a bluish colour permitted,
in livers a nose of the same colour, in white or parti-colours
a butterfly nose permissible. Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, powerful
and clean cut with a perfect scissor bite, i.e. the upper
teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to
the jaws. Eyes : Oval, bright, expression very alert. Ears
: Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.
NECK : Long, muscular, elegantly arched.
BODY : Back : Broad, firm, somewhat long, showing definite
arch over loin but not humped. Loin : Giving impression of
strength and power. Chest : Very deep with plenty of heart
room, brisket deep, well defined. Ribs well sprung, muscled
TAIL : No feathering. Long, tapering, when in action carried
in a delicate curve upward but not over back.
LIMBS : FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight and upright, front
not too wide. Shoulders : Oblique and muscular; blades carried
up to top of spine, where they are clearly defined. Elbows
: Set well under body. Pasterns : Strong with slight spring.
HINDQUARTERS : Strong. Dog able to stand over a lot of ground
and show great driving power. Thighs : Broad across. Stifles
: Well bent. Second thighs : Well developed. Hocks : Well
FEET : Very neat, well split up between toes, knuckles well
arched, pads thick and strong.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Free, hindlegs coming well under body for
propulsion. Forelegs thrown well forward low over the ground,
true coming and going. General movement not to look stilted,
high stepping, short or mincing.
COAT : HAIR : Fine, short, close in texture. COLOUR : Any
colour or mixture of colours.
Height at the withers : Dogs 47-51 cm (18 1/2 - 20 ins).
Bitches 44-47 cm (17 1/2 - 18 1/2 ins).
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault
should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.